Software to index and search text, HTML and similar files
This software is for indexing — and subsequently searching quickly — text files, HTML files, XML files or files of a similar type in folders and their subfolders on a hard disk, memory stick, CD-ROM or similar storage medium. (This software is not intended to be used to index or to search online web pages.)
Note also that Index Files Search Words does not act on MS-Word .doc files or Adobe .pdf files (which are binary files) or (as just stated) on HTML files on a server. It is to index and rapidly search text files (or similar) on your PC or on CD-ROM, etc. (See also: Which files can be indexed (and searched)?)
This software does not simply create a list of files or simply search for character strings in a file. It indexes every word in every file, and any file containing a particular set of words (or any of those words, or an exact phrase) can be found by searching for those words (or that phrase).
Possible uses for this software:
The first use is discussed in more detail in Indexing and Searching a Single File
and the second in Indexing and Searching the Local Files of a Website.
- To search a single file.
- To search the source files of your website (on your PC).
- To search the chapters of a book or the sections of a report.
- To search the HTML files on a CD-ROM.
- To search files in a single folder containing many miscellaneous and unrelated files.
Index Files Search Words consists of two integrated modules, an An index module which is used to create an index of the searchable files and a search module which is used to search those files. When the progam starts up you choose which you wish to work with. For an explanation of each, click on the preceding links.
The index module is capable of indexing a hierarchy of over 1000 text or HTML files, totalling over 20 MB, and containing over 50,000 different words. Even with that number of different words the search module returns results in a few seconds. The results are displayed by the software and you can generate an HTML file which is automatically displayed in your default web browser (with links to the files containing the words searched for).
Here is an example of results returned (for a search on dynamic exponent):
Appendix 8: Relaxation Time and Singular Dynamic Scaling|
7} ... dynamic scaling Aeppli et al. found that the dynamic exponent Z for the relaxation time had a value close to 2.4, ...
8} ... relaxation time ~ x Z eff where Z eff (the "effective dynamic exponent") = A(ln x T ) + B, with constant A and B . / According to ...
7} ... speaking the symbol q denotes only the new critical dynamic exponent, but sometimes here it is used to mean the slope of the ...
This software is mainly intended to be used to search for words and phrases in a set of files which is permanent or does not change much (though minor editing of the files will not affect performance and the set of searchable files can be moved).
It may also be used with a temporary set of files, in the sense that you might just want to search a particular set of HTML (or other text-like files) for a short time. If there are fewer than 100 files that you wish to search, containing fewer than 10,000 different words, then the index module will create an index file in about a minute and you can then search those files to obtain results as above.
To use this software it is not necessary to study a lengthy manual or follow flow charts. Its use is explained in just two web pages:
System requirements: This software will run under all versions of the Windows operating system from Windows 98 to Windows 8 with at least 64 MB of RAM. Installation in each case requires about 3 MB of disk space. The sizes of the index and data files, which are produced by the index module and used by the search module, depend on the number of files indexed and the number of different words found in those files, and ranges from less than 40 KB to more than 40 MB.
Trial version: A trial version of Index Files Search Words can be downloaded from this website for the purpose of evaluation of the software. Click on the following link for further information:
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Price and ordering: A single-user license for the fully-functional software is available for a period of 3 months, 1 year or with no time limit (a 'perpetual' license). Prices for each type of license are given at Purchase a User License. An activation key is required in order to make the trial version permanently fully functional. An activation key can be obtained immediately if you purchase a user license either via PayPal or via Share-it.
Refund: A refund will be provided promptly up to 30 days after purchase if the software does not perform satisfactorily.
Updates: Purchasers of a user license for this software are entitled to an update to any later version at no additional cost.